Enhanced ebooks and tablet apps clearly offer new ways to present material and engage readers. Yet some of the software restrictions and rights deals that these ebooks, apps and their platforms use can make them unfriendly to librarians, archivists, and future users. How can authors, designers, and publishers best exploit these new opportunities while avoiding their current and potential downsides?
Some questions that the panel will discuss include: How do we develop AppBooks or enhanced eBooks that make the most of the technology without locking the contents in proprietary formats that may be hard to crack open in 5 or 50 years? How can we reconcile the desires and agendas of authors, app developers, publishers, librarians, archivists, and readers?
September’s panel includes representatives from all these groups and promises a lively discussion around one of the hotter topics from the ScienceOnline e-book session last January.
David Dobbs, moderator (As well as an author, blogger, and ebook experimentalist).
John Dupuis, science librarian at York University and blogger at Confessions of a Science Librarian.
Evan Ratliff, co-founder and editor, The Atavist.
Amanda Moon, senior editor, FSG/Scientific American Books.
Carl Zimmer, author, journalist, and blogger.
Dean Johnson, creative director of Brandwidth, developer of The Exoplanets, an iPad book/app to be published this fall by Scientific American Books/FSG.
When & Where
SpotOn NYC (#sonyc) is a monthly discussion series organised by Nature Publishing Group and Ars Technica and hosted at Rockefeller University. The organisers are Lou Woodley, John Timmer, Jeanne Garbarino and Joe Bonner.
More information about our events, including related blog posts and Storify and livestream archives can be found on the SpotOn website.